Author: Kathleen Campion

NOURA

It would be a cheap shot to say Noura, is just a contemporary version of  A Doll’s House, with an Iraqi-refugee wash.  But, it gets us in the ballpark.
There are many intriguing parallels, but Raffo’s Noura borrows judiciously and enriches profoundly.

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Network

If you only have a minute and don’t need a lot of detail here’s the deal: 

Cranston’s Howard Beale is such a sustained wonder of a performance that he crowds out the rest of the cast.  Director Ivo Van Hove is fearless, rattling our cages with visual noise and a breakneck pace. Get a ticket.

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The Prom

At the end of the first act, and then again after the last curtain call, my guest and I turned to each other and blurted out: “So much fun!”  Short reviews have intrinsic value, and so I won’t be offended it you do not read on.  Just go to The Prom.  So much fun!

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HEAD OVER HEELS

The thematic thrust here is “binary is so last century!”  It’s not so much politically edgy as it is gently teasing, a crash course on LBGTQ+ sensibility, but all very safe.  This high-spirited production is for folks looking for a good time — a lot of pounding good music — young actors with powerhouse voices — and a director who knows his way around a farce.

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